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St Vincent's House, Grantham

Description: St Vincent's House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 27 May 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 437292

OS Grid Reference: SK9247735066
OS Grid Coordinates: 492477, 335066
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9051, -0.6265

Location: 20 Coldharbour Lane, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 9EB

Locality: Grantham
Local Authority: South Kesteven District Council
County: Lincolnshire
Country: England
Postcode: NG31 9EB

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Listing Text

SK 93 NW 2/200A St Vincent's House
The following sentence shall be added to the description:

"None of the buildings in the grounds is of special interest."


SK 93 NW 2/200A St Vincent's House
Small country house, now District Council Offices. Built c.1868 for Richard Hornsby,
industrialist, who owned the local iron works, and agricultural engine works. Gothic
Revival style. Rock-faced limestone, with ashlar dressings and steeply pitched Welsh
slate roofs, with decorative ridge tiles. Ashlar coped gables with moulded kneelers
and finials. Two external, rear wall chimneys, with tall, double columnar ashlar
stacks, the remaining stacks have been capped. Moulded ashlar plinth, and flush
quoins. 2 storeys plus attics. Irregular plan. North entrance front, has central
projecting gabled wing, with single storey, lean to, porch to the left. The doorway
has a pointed arched moulded ashlar surround, with marble shafts, and hood mould.
Above is a moulded ashlar parapet pierced with quatrofoils. To the right a 2-light,
chamfered window, with tracery, above a single plain sash, in a flat headed chamfered
surround, with a pointed inner arch. Above again a 3-light, chamfered mullion window,
with a taller central light with cusped heads. At the north-west corner a circular
tower, of 3 storeys, the lower 2 storeys have 3 single light chamfered lancets, with
quatrofoil tracery. The third floor has an 8-light glazed arcade, with marble shafted
columns and cusped tops. Below is a moulded band decorated with quatrofoils. Above
a conical slate roof. Similar west and south front. Interior:entrance hall, has
encased marble pillars, and a carved stone staircase. From 1922-77 this house was
the property of the Air Ministry, and from 1937 to 1943 the Headquarters of No. 5
Group, Bomber Command. The famous "Dambusters" Air Raid on the Ruhr Dams,by 617
Squadron,was controlled from here. Various extensions and additions were added by
the Air Ministry, most of these were removed, and the house restored after the
property became the District Council Headquarters in 1977.

Listing NGR: SK9247735066

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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